§ Mr. Shersby
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost to public funds for the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available of supplying under the National Health Service, without charge, contraceptive devices and related substances.
§ Mr. Newton
The latest information available about the cost of National Health Service family planning services gives expenditure of £76 million in England in 1985–86. This covers the cost of contraceptive substances and appliances prescribed, contraceptive fees paid to general practitioners and appropriate health authority staffing and overheads costs.